We all do it, we see a fluffy pillow and feel it, we run our hand over soft satin and we feel for the weight of a cotton shirt. The sense of touch is arguably our most underrated sense but emotionally, our most important. Babies love touching and feeling things, it’s how they experience their world for the first time. It's the basis of trust.
Considering this you can already see how powerful working with textiles can be in therapy. Potentially promoting calmness, security and encourage exploration.
A great activity to do with your children and yes even teenagers and your self is construct a textile journal. This is a great learning activity to identify different types of materials and also a good tool for communication and building self-concept.
CALMING TEXTILE ACTIVITY:
1. Go to a material shop
Go to a material shop and explore! If you can't get to a Spotlight or Lincraft no worries, just fill a box with what material you have, including old clothing.